Dr. Scott Davis

Dr. Davis (Ph.D., Economics, University of Virginia) is a labor economist with expertise in workforce programs, economic modeling, analytical methods, and public policy analysis. He has twelve years of research and evaluation experience, including nine years of project management experience. At IMPAQ, he has been responsible for designing and implementing research projects incorporating both experimental and quasi-experimental methods, implementation studies, surveys, and rigorous statistical analyses.

Dr. Davis’ research has focused on analyzing both workforce development programs and worker protection issues. Dr. Davis has served as Project Manager, Principal Investigator, or Senior Researcher for multiple research and evaluation projects for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), including: Comparing State and National Approaches to Education and Training Program Scorecards, Feasibility of Using WDQI and ETPL Data for Consumer Reports, Evaluation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Site Specific Targeting Program, Evaluation of the GATE II Grants, and Evaluation of the Wage and Hour Division’s Use of Remedies. In addition to his work for DOL, Dr. Davis has also led or is currently leading four of IMPAQ’s third-party evaluations of DOL-funded grant programs—in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania (two), and Minnesota. For these projects, Dr. Davis has carefully planned and executed each evaluation, including the preparation of all written deliverables—four evaluation design reports, three interim evaluation reports, one final evaluation report, and miscellaneous other project documentation.

Examples of specific accomplishments demonstrating Dr. Davis’ skills and expertise include: (1) working with key staff in three states—Missouri, New Jersey, and Ohio—to collect data on participants in workforce training programs and link the data to the National Directory of New Hires (NDNH), plus analyzing the matched output data; (2) successfully planning and implementing three rounds of an employer survey in Wisconsin, each of which collected data from roughly 1,000 employers and achieved a response rate of at least 24 percent; (3) implementing propensity-score matching to estimate the impacts of job training programs supported by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions (NFWS) on the labor market outcomes of participants; and (4) using DOL/WHD administrative data to estimate the ripple effects associated with WHD investigations in the residential care and day care industries.

IMPAQ Papers and Presentations

Davis, S. (2017, November). Social Network Analysis in Practice: The Evaluation of Skills Wisconsin. Presentation at the American Evaluation Association Conference, Washington, DC.

Perlmutter, D., Benus, J., Roy, M., Davis, S., Nanda, N. & Yumoto, F. (2014, June). What do Small Businesses Think of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010? Poster presentation at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Davis, S., & Michaelides, M.  (2015, November). From Unemployment to Self-Employment: The Role of Self-Employment TrainingPresentation at the APPAM Fall Research Conference, Miami, FL.

Davis, S., Broussard, N., & Ampaabeng, S. ​(2015, November). Ripple Effects of Residential Care and Daycare Industries. Presentation at the APPAM Fall Research Conference, Miami, FL.

Davis, S., Broussard, N., & Ampaabeng, S. (2015, August). Ripple Effects in the Residential Care and Daycare Industries. Presentation at the National Association of Welfare Research and Statistics Annual Workshop, Atlanta, GA.​

Perlmutter, D., Benus, J., Roy, M., Davis, S., Nanda, N. & Yumoto, F. (2014, June). What do Small Businesses Think of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010? Poster presentation at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, San Diego, CA.